Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of collection activity in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology is to support instruction and research through the doctoral level in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) department and related centers and programs such as the Neuroscience Research Institute, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering.

Many interests of these units overlap with other departments and collections, such as Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; Psychological and Brain Sciences; and Chemistry and Biochemistry so some collection activity may occur in these areas.

Academic Department/Program Description & Curriculum

MCDB offers the BS degree in four subject areas: Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. It also collaborates with the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology department to offer BA and BS degrees in Biological Sciences.

At the graduate level, MCDB offers MS and PhD programs with emphasis in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering offers a PhD program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas: Priority in collecting is given to areas of current faculty research and teaching, including, but not limited to: molecular microbiology, molecular neurobiology, developmental and cellular genetics, plant molecular biology, and marine molecular biology.

Languages: Although English is the primary language, materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. Translations into English are preferred.

Chronological Limits: Emphasis is on current research. Historical treatments are selectively collected as appropriate.

Date of Publication: Materials published in the past five to six years are of primary importance for both monographs and serials. Works published earlier are collected selectively.

Types of Materials

The following types of materials are acquired: serials, monographs, proceedings/transactions, technical reports, theses. Reference materials, research monographs, and academic journals have a high priority in acquisition. North American university press titles are received on approval. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level. Government publications from the international, foreign national, federal, California state, and Santa Barbara local area are acquired by the respective Government Publications librarians; increasingly, these publications are made freely available on the Web.

The following types of materials are not ordinarily purchased: reprints, selected works when the UCSB Library owns the collected works, collections of reprinted articles, minor revisions, unpublished theses and dissertations, and audiovisual materials.

Generally, hard copy is acquired for monographs unless available only in another format. To maximize limited resources, journals and indexes and abstracts are increasingly acquired in electronic format only, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.) other factors are also considered with electronic materials. These include:

  • Method of access
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of, and perpetual access to, archives

Other Resources

System-wide Resources: UC libraries contain extensive collections in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and related fields. Resources not owned by the UCSB Library are most often readily available via interlibrary loan from other UC libraries; ILL is used heavily and is monitored to provide insight into collection areas requiring increased attention. If the demand is of a continuing nature, the material is considered for acquisition.

Consortia and Cooperative Agreements: When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections, primarily through the California Digital Library (CDL). UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials. Research in molecular, cellular and developmental biology is enhanced by several key UC CDL-supported databases in the sciences.

Related Collection Development Policies: Given the interdisciplinary nature of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, there is considerable consultation with other science collection specialists for acquisition of resources relevant to this field of study.


Author: klabonte [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Kristen LaBonte)
Policy Last Updated: August 2007